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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Alison Carey

Alison is conducting a comparison of frack sand mining activity and related policies in Minnesota and Wisconsin for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. Alison is a Master student in public policy and urban planning (Class of 2016). Prior to coming to University of Michigan, Alison worked for a DC-based government consulting firm, where she performed cost-benefit analysis for federal environment and energy regulations.

Rachel Hampton

Rachel provides research on state oil and gas severance taxes for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She recently graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan (Class of 2014), where she studied  Political Science, German,  and minored in Sustainability.   Rachel is currently studying environmental law and policy at  the University of Michigan Law School.


Heather Kirkpatrick

Heather is studying environmental and energy policy for CLOSUP. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan studying Program in the Environment (PitE), Earth and Environmental Sciences, and minoring in history. She is interested in both the science and the politics behind the formation of environmental and energy policies as well as the role that states play in this growing issue.


Emma Maack

Emma is working on CLOSUP's joint American –Canadian public opinion survey on Great Lakes issues. She is a dual-degree masters student at the Ford School and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (Class of 2014). Her policy interests include land and water conservation at the local-to-regional scale and poverty and social justice issues.


Kerri Metz

Kerri provides research on the current state of cap-and-trade and carbon taxes in New Zealand for CLOSUP. She is studying environmental policy, planning and sustainability as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan’s School of Literature, Science, and the Arts (Class of 2015). She will be graduating with Honors in the Program in the Environment, and a Minor in Political Science, and will then progress on to a Masters degree. Her interests include the interconnectedness of policy, climate change, and renewable energy sources.


Kyle O'Meara

Kyle is a Policy Analyst researching global emissions trading systems and EPA's Clean Power Plan for CLOSUP. Kyle graduated the Ford School in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and a minor in economics. He is most interested in environmental policy and state politics. CLOSUP congratulates Kyle as the recipient of the 2015 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award for his outstanding work interning for Michigan State Representative, Al Pscholka. The award selection is made each year by representatives from the Michigan House, Senate, and Michigan State University’s Legislative Student Intern Program.


Carolyn Rice

Carolyn researches the question of local versus state authority regarding hydraulic fracturing policy across states for CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan (2015), where she majored in Political Science and Spanish. She is particularly interested in policy research concerning gender and race inequality, as well as environmental advocacy.


Nina Tannenbaum

Nina provides CLOSUP with research on the status of cap-and-trade and carbon taxes in New Zealand. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan (Class of 2015), and is double majoring in the Program in the Environment and Spanish within Michigan's School of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Her specialization within environmental science is in environmental policy and law.


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